Summer Internships

IFPA is now accepting applications for summer 2012 internships in its Cambridge, Massachusetts, office.

Primary intern responsibilities include research support to senior staff members; developing policy briefings; drafting conference summary reports; and preparing original papers on a range of foreign and defense policy issues. Secondary responsibilities include administrative support for the planning and execution of subject-related workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Applicants must possess superior research, writing, and analytic skills. They should also have an MA in international affairs, the equivalent, or be enrolled in a graduate school program leading to an MA. Applicants should have a strong background in security studies. Understanding of both the military operational and policy aspects of defense planning is essential. Regional knowledge such as the Asia-Pacific area or the Middle East would also be useful. Applicants must be capable of learning new issue areas quickly and be highly motivated, self-directed, and able to work with a minimum of supervision to tight deadlines.

The Institute does not offer academic credit for its internships. The internship generally runs from early June to late August. These internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the Institute's need. Paid internships are a full-time, 40-hour/week commitment.

To Apply

To apply for an internship in Cambridge, MA, please mail, fax, or email a cover letter, resume, and short (less than ten pages) writing sample on an international affairs or national security topic to:

Intern Coordinator
Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc.
675 Massachusetts Ave., Tenth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Fax: (617) 492-8242


No phone calls please.

We will contact you for a personal interview if your qualifications meet our requirements.